Devils rally for 3-3 tie at Utica
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UTICA, N.Y. -- Solid goalkeeping helped trigger a third-period comeback Friday in Fredonia State's come-from-behind 3-3 tie with Utica College.
Junior goalkeeper Pat Street (Annapolis, Md.) made 42 saves -- several big stops inside the final 10 minutes -- before 3,076 spectators at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. It was Utica's home-opener.
With his team down 3-2, James Muscatello (Baldwinsville) scored the equalizer when he deflected ateammate's innocent looking shot out of the corner at 13:14 of the third period. Jeff Aonso (Toronto, Ont.) and Richard Boyce (Mississaugua, Ont.) were credited with assists. It was Muscatello's second goal in three games.
Boyce scored Fredonia State first two goals -- the first on a power-play at 8:20 of the first period to give his team a 1-0 lead period. He scored again with his team down 3-1 on a delayed penalty at 10:20 of the third period. Alex Morton (Cannington, Ont.) and Chris deBruyn (Calgary, Alberta) picked up assists on both goals, the first two of the season for Boyce, the Blue Devils' senior captain.
Street robbed Utica's Mike Leone in the next minute and made a sprawling save with 7 1/2 minutes remaining. Those saves came right before the Blue Devils scored the tying goal. In the final minute with Utica pressing, Street added a glove save to preserve the 3-3 tie. He added a couple of tough saves during the five-minute overtime, including one in the final 30 seconds.
An experimental shootout was held after the overtime with Utica outscoring the Blue Devils, 2-1, in the seventh round.
The same two teams meet 7 p.m. Saturday at the Memorial Auditorium.